This week: Deep FreezeEdited by: Robert Waltz
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I'm not a big fan of cold weather; that's why I moved to Vegas!
The recent polar vortex excursion brought temperatures of NOPE to the midwestern US, with wind chills of NOPE NOPE NOPE.
Here in Virginia, it was only moderately colder than usual, so I survived. But it cemented my determination to avoid the central US in the winter. You know why they call it a cold snap? Because you step out the door and your fingers snap off.
As mostly-sentient beings, we've learned over the ages to adapt ourselves to extremes of temperatures. Though lacking fur, we've made ourselves clothing. Having run out of caves to inhabit, we've created buildings for shelter. Having opposable thumbs and imagination, we've taught ourselves to create fire. And for dealing with inclement weather and dangerous situations, we've invented comedy.
And so, being clever, we have come up with ways to deal with extreme cold. I've heard suggestions such as: dress in layers; keep moving; wear mittens instead of gloves; keep heat packs on hand; drink warm beverages to keep up your core temperature... the list goes on.
I, too, have my clever moments, so I've come up with my own suggestions for beating the cold weather. It's taken me a lot of time and thought to come up with solutions, but I freely share them with you, my loyal readers.
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Last time, in "You're Doing it Wrong" , I talked about everything you're doing wrong, which is, according to the internet, everything.
Mumspie! : I must have read this newsletter wrong, because it sounded like you were suggesting there was room for improvement in my life.
Well, not yours. Everyone else's.
Editing is BLUE : I just saw a video of a marketing expert talk about what we AREN'T talking about and how food is marketed to consumers without telling us they're involved in intense farming It was a great video and she made her point without pounding it into the viewer's head. In writing, we market our story so the story gradually unfolds and builds to the reveal. We create a need for the reader to become so engaged with the character and plot they can't put the book down! need and want that's what a writer must create.
Fair enough, but by that time you've already given the author and publisher your money.
And that's it for me for February! I'll be back next month if I don't freeze to death first. Until then,
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